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Preston social housing competition

Community Gateway Association is celebrating Preston Guild 2012 with a competition to design a social housing scheme in the city centre

Community Gateway Association, as the largest housing association in Preston, and working in partnership with Preston City Council, is sponsoring this architectural competition with the aim, subject to funding availability, to have a winning scheme built and occupied by the time of the main Guild events in mid-2012.

Architects are invited to develop innovative design proposals for a social housing development in the centre of Preston, where people will aspire to live. The winning scheme, with an emphasis on design quality and energy efficiency, will be a project demonstrating that affordable does not equate to ordinary, and should act as an exemplar for future social housing developments in Preston and elsewhere.

The Selection will take the form of a two-stage process, which at stage one will involve teams submitting design ideas on a single A1 design board. Up to four teams will be short-listed and invited to attend an interview to expand on their first stage submission. Each of these teams will receive an honorarium of £3,000.

An online brief will be available on the website www.gatewaygoesforguild.com from 2 September

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